Skip to main content

Advertisement

Advertisement

Sabah Quake: Flags to be flown at half mast

SINGAPORE — State flags on all government buildings will be flown at half mast, and one minute of silence will be observed at the beginning of the day at all SEA Games venues tomorrow (June 8) as a mark of respect for the trekkers from Singapore who died in the earthquake that hit Sabah early on Friday morning.

Sabah Quake: Flags to be flown at half mast

People offering their condolences at Tanjong Katong Primary School on June 7, 2015.. Photo: Jason Quah/TODAY

SINGAPORE — State flags on all government buildings will be flown at half mast, and one minute of silence will be observed at the beginning of the day at all SEA Games venues tomorrow (June 8) as a mark of respect for the trekkers from Singapore who died in the earthquake that hit Sabah early on Friday morning.

As the confirmed death toll of those from Singapore reached eight today, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared tomorrow a Day of National Remembrance for the victims. 

“We hope that this collective expression of sympathy and support from all Singaporeans will give solace and comfort to the families and loved ones of the victims,” read a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) today. 

Saying that Mr Lee expressed his deepest condolences and sympathies to the deceased’s families and loved ones, the statement also said that he thanked all those working in the search, rescue and recovery effort, including the Malaysian authorities, the search and rescue teams, the hospital staff, and all the officers and volunteers in Sabah and Singapore.

Eight people — six Primary Six students, one teacher and their adventure guide — were killed on Mount Kinabalu after the 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Malaysian state on Friday. One teacher and one student are still unaccounted for, as of 9pm. All the teachers and students were from Tanjong Katong Primary School, on the school’s annual Omega Challenge for student leaders. 

The school has been organising such trips for seven years. This year’s trip had involved 29 students and eight teachers. The quake took place on the second day of the trip.

"Our hearts go out to their families, and to the TKPS community," Mr Lee also wrote on Facebook.

"Even while we grieve for those who perished, we are thankful that others survived the earthquake and have come home safely," he said. "As we grieve over the loss of these young lives, we also take heart at their striving to stretch their limits and take on new challenges."

He added: "May this tragic incident strengthen our sense of togetherness, and our resolve to overcome adversity and prevail as one united Singapore."

 

In a statement, the SEA Games Federation and the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee said they were deeply saddened by the tragedy.  

Said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong in a post on Facebook: “We are all following the news about our children and teachers in Mount Kinabalu with very heavy hearts. My deepest condolences and sympathies to the friends and families of the victims.”

He continued: “We will start competition events that day with a minute of silence. Even as we continue with the games, let us together as a community of athletes, officials and people unite - to remember and honour the lives lost, and keep in prayers those who are still missing.”

President Tony Tan also expressed his condolences. In a Facebook post, Dr Tan said: "Mrs Tan and I are deeply saddened by the deaths of six pupils and one teacher from Tanjong Katong Primary School, as well as their adventure guide. ... Together as a nation, we mourn the tragic loss of these sons and daughters of Singapore."

 

Here is the PMO statement:

The Prime Minister is deeply saddened by the deaths of eight Singaporeans in the earthquake at Mount Kinabalu. They were one teacher and six pupils from Tanjong Katong Primary School on an overseas learning trip, plus one adventure guide. One teacher and one student are still missing.

On behalf of all Singaporeans, the Prime Minister expresses his deepest condolences and sympathies to their families and loved ones. As we grieve over the loss of these young lives, we also take heart that they were striving to stretch their limits and take on new challenges.

The Prime Minister also thanks all those who are working tirelessly in the search, rescue and recovery efforts – the Malaysian authorities, the search and rescue teams, the hospital staff, and all the officers and volunteers who are helping in one way or other in Sabah and Singapore.

Monday, 8 June 2015 will be a Day of National Remembrance. State flags on all Government buildings will be flown at half-mast. One minute of silence will be observed at the beginning of the day at all SEA Games venues.

We hope that this collective expression of sympathy and support from all Singaporeans will give solace and comfort to the families and loved ones of the victims. 

Read more of the latest on

Advertisement

Popular

Advertisement

Stay in the know. Anytime. Anywhere.

Subscribe to get daily news updates, insights and must reads delivered straight to your inbox.

By clicking subscribe, I agree for my personal data to be used to send me TODAY newsletters, promotional offers and for research and analysis.

Aa